DETROIT — Jim Harbaugh looks around the room and he’s not sure what any other coaches are talking about when they discuss the “grind” of the summer football camp schedule.
“A grind, are you kidding me? This is what we love to do,” Harbaugh said on Friday at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp on the Wayne State University campus.
“We love to coach, we love to teach; It doesn’t even resonate that somebody could think of it as grind.”
Harbaugh was asked if he thought the NCAA had lost touch, presumably where its concern with limiting the proliferation of satellite camps were concerned.
“I don’t think so,” Harbaugh said. “It’s opinions right now.
Harbaugh said the controversial nature the satellite camp issue has taken on is largely a product of our society.
“It seems every last topic has to fall into that TV show, radio show template of, here’s one point of view, here’s the opposite point of view,” he said.
But when it comes to football, Harbaugh said there’s no doubt that young people are still passionate about the game.
In fact, Harbaugh said it was his curiosity about the younger generation of football players that sparked his interest in developing an aggressive approach to holding satellite camps.
“The thing I was curious about last year, was how do youngsters feel about football around America, and I wanted to get out there and see,” Harbaugh said. “What I found was these guys feel just like I do.
“I see the same look in their eyes, there’s a joy and a passion for it. What I saw in them was what I saw when I looked in the mirror when I was (younger), and it was inspiring.
“To watch them chase their dream, and to be a part of that, was the most fun I’d had in I can’t remember how long.”
Harbaugh summed up his camp opportunities to work with and see young football players as “reaffirming.”
Michigan’s camp tour includes 36 stops in 21 states and two countries.